Pastor Shane Ham : Everybody’s Welcome

Everybody’s Welcome


Matthew 1:1-17 (NIV) 1This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham: 2Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar, Perez the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, 4Ram the father of Amminadab,

Amminadab the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, 6and Jesse the father of King David.

David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife, 7Solomon the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa, 8Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram, Jehoram the father of Uzziah, 9Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10Hezekiah the father of Manasseh Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon the father of Josiah, 11and Josiah the father of Jeconiah and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.

12After the exile to Babylon: Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13Zerubbabel the father of Abihud, Abihud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor,14Azor the father of Zadok, Zadok the father of Akim, Akim the father of Elihud, 15Elihud the father of Eleazar, Eleazar the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, 16and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and Mary was the mother of Jesus who is called the Messiah.

17Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.

What we learn from genealogies

1. God takes his time.

Matthew 1:17 (NIV) Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.

2 Samuel 7:12-14 (VOICE) …I will raise up from you a descendant, your own flesh and blood, and I will make his kingdom and family sure. He will be the one to build a temple honoring My name, and I will establish the leadership of his kingdom for all time.

Genesis 15:5 (NLT) Then God brought Abram outside beneath the nighttime sky and told him, “Look up into the heavens and count the stars if you can. Your descendants will be like that—too many to count!”

Luke 1:55 (ICB) “God has done what he promised to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his children forever.”

God may appear to be slow, but he never forgets his promises.

Jacob & Esau – See Genesis 25:19-33:20

2. God broke into history.

Matthew 1:18 (NIV) This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.

3. God came to give us sabbath rest.

Jubilee – See Leviticus 25:8-55

4. God came to destroy all the world’s petty distinctions and categories.

Galatians 3:28-29 (NTE) There is no longer Jew or Greek; there is no longer slave or free; there is no ‘male and female’; you are all one in the Messiah, Jesus. And, if you belong to the Messiah you are Abraham’s family. You stand to inherit the promise.

Everyone is included in the family of God

Women are included!

Tamar – Genesis 38 Rahab – Joshua 2-6Ruth – Ruth 1-4 Bathsheba – 2 Samuel 11:1-12:25 Mary – Luke 1:26-56, 2:1-20

Gentiles are included!

Sinners are included!

‌“Ritually Unclean” – See the Law Code in Leviticus & Deuteronomy

Isaiah 64:6 (NIV) All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

You are included!

Growing Deeper Together

Use these points throughout the week as part of your quiet time, in your small group, or over coffee with a friend to help you apply what you learned in today’s message.

  • Before today, had you ever given the genealogies much thought? What do you think of them now?
    • If you looked back at your own family history, would you find criminals & crooks, strong women, faithful believers? Who else? What can you learn from them as you learn from Jesus’ family history?
  • Many of us struggle with God’s timing. Has this been a challenge for you? Spend some time thinking about that this week and asking God to help you wait well.
    • When did you have to wait on God for an answer about something? Did you actively spend time in prayer? Can you see his answer now (yes, no, not yet, etc.)? Remember, God is with us in the long-term; he always comes through. He is a God who keeps his promises!
  • Reread point #4. What actions are you taking to break down these walls? How do live that demonstrates that “everybody’s welcome”? How are you reaching out to people who are different from you?
    • Connect with different ages – serve with Kids or Students
    • Support those with disabilities – volunteer with Limitless
    • Hear others’ life perspectives – attend the Ethnic & Racial Healing Zoom Forum
    • Find these opportunities and more at northpointe.org/events